Monday, January 5, 2015
ORNL in the News

Rod JacksonDr. Roderick Jackson, 37, Group leader, Building Envelope Systems Research Group, ORNL

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Dr. Roderick Jackson researches how to build more energy efficient homes. "The best part of doing what I do is it's real world," says Jackson, a group leader for the Building Envelope Systems Research Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. "You can see the tangible outcome."...1/4

Sam MckenzieKnox commissioner, SNS manager to speak at MLK Breakfast in Atomic City

(Oak Ridge Today) Knox County Commissioner Sam McKenzie will be the featured speaker at the 27th annual Martin Luther King Fellowship Breakfast... He is now the site operations manager at Spallation Neutron Source, serving as the complex facility manager for SNS at Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/4

Cleaning up at Bldg. 3019

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As noted a couple of months back, parts of the basement of Building 3019 were flooded by a burst pipe, which required cleanup of some radioactively contaminated areas at the nuclear facility and resulted in some waste materials. Disposal of those materials is still under way at the 70-year-old facility on Oak Ridge National Laboratory's historic central campus...1/4

Athena Safa-SefatAthena Safa-Sefat, 37, Scientist, Physical Sciences Directorate, Oak Ridge National Laboratory

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) For the past seven years, scientist Athena Safa-Sefat has been working at the Oak Ridge National Laboratory to discover and improve new materials, such as a better superconductor, by controlling atoms. “Superconductivity is just one area of research we do,” says Sefat, a solid-state chemist at the Materials Sciences and Technology Division of ORNL’s Physical Sciences Directorate....1/5


Science and Technology

What to expect in 2015

(Nature News) The long wait is over: the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) will reboot in March after a two-year shutdown. The machine at CERN, Europe’s particle-physics laboratory near Geneva, Switzerland, will restart with collisions at 13 trillion electronvolts...12/31

Two New Ocean Research Ships to Set Sail in 2015

(Live Science) Two new U.S. research ships will take to the seas in the Arctic and Atlantic in 2015, allowing scientists around the world to explore the geology, biology and health of the oceans. The U.S. National Science Foundation has commissioned the Arctic research vessel Sikuliaq, while the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution's (WHOI) ship, dubbed Neil Armstrong, will begin science operations late next year, said ocean researchers...1/5

Science and Technology

SMAPTechnology innovations spin NASA's SMAP into space

(PhysOrg) Scheduled for launch on Jan. 29, 2015, NASA's Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) instrument will measure the moisture lodged in Earth's soils with an unprecedented accuracy and resolution...1/5

Plant genetic advance could lead to more efficient conversion of plant biomass to biofuels

(Science Daily) Plant geneticists including Sam Hazen at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Siobhan Brady at the University of California, Davis, have sorted out the gene regulatory networks that control cell wall thickening by the synthesis of the three polymers, cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin...1/2


Y-12, Pantex receive six NNSA Sustainability Awards in 2014

(Oak Ridge Today) The National Nuclear Security Administration has awarded six 2014 Sustainability Awards for innovation and excellence to the Pantex Plant and the Y-12 National Security Complex, both operated and managed by Consolidated Nuclear Security LLC, or CNS, a press release said...1/2

UPFUPF and the Bechtel subcontract

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) As the National Nuclear Security Administration and its managing contractor, Consolidated Nuclear Security, move forward with revised plans for constructing the multibillion-dollar Uranium Processing Facility complex at Y-12, much of the engineering and design work will be done by Bechtel National under a subcontract to CNS...1/4

Smart grid powers up privacy worries

(Politico) The next Big Data threat to our privacy may come from the electricity we consume in our homes. "Smart" online power meters are tracking energy use — and that data may soon be worth more than the electricity they distribute. The Department of Energy is publishing in January the final draft of a voluntary code of conduct governing data privacy for smart meters, 38 million of which have already been installed nationwide...1/1

Local and State

UT’s Cherokee Farm on MPC agenda

(The Knoxville Focus) The Knoxville-Knox County Metropolitan Planning Commission will consider a long agenda of various requests when they meet in a workshop and their regular meeting this week. One of those items is a use-on-review of plans for the University of Tennessee’s Cherokee Farm Innovation Campus...The project will eventually have 18 research buildings and is a joint venture of the university and Oak Ridge National Laboratory...1/1

Fleischmann to lead nuclear cleanup caucus

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) It’s not the most high profile or most glamorous job in Congress, but U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann sees his new role leading a group of lawmakers committed to cleaning up nuclear waste as critically important...1/5

Flu risk goes viral after claiming 6 Tennessee lives

(Johnson City Press) Six influenza-related deaths across the state this year — including three children, one from East Tennessee — have health care officials urging Tennesseans to take every precaution...1/2

New and expanded business activity

(The Knoxville News Sentinel) Local Motors has gained MPC approval for a proposed "micro-factory" in West Knox County. The Metropolitan Planning Commission granted the company's use-on-review request for a 41,215-square-foot research and development/manufacturing facility on Valley Vista Road northwest of Carmichael Road...1/5